While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.
While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.
A vacant seat on the court. Controversial decisions on abortion and affirmative action. A judicial deadlock on immigration. For the U.S. Supreme Court, it was both business as usual and a session unlike any other. Here, Law360 takes a deep dive into the numbers behind the high court's latest term, examining the vote counts, overturn rates and dissents from this divided court.
Late Justice Antonin Scalia joked about taking bribes, Justice Stephen Breyer imagined a hot dog detector and Chief Justice John Roberts needed help deciphering a young lawyer's lingo. Amid the customary seriousness of this term's U.S. Supreme Court arguments, there were some memorable moments of courtroom comedy. Here, Law360 looks back at humorous highlights from the past year.
The U.S. Supreme Court's struggle to avoid 4-4 splits this term led to a new kind of unanimity, experts say, with the four justices in the ideological middle forging consensus on narrow points of law.
Corn farmers leading eight individual class actions in multidistrict litigation alleging Syngenta’s promotion of genetically modified corn cost the industry upward of $1 billion struck back against the agribusiness giant’s contention that their claims were preempted by federal law, telling a Kansas judge Friday that argument was meritless.
The eight-justice U.S. Supreme Court failed to reach majority decisions in some of the most closely watched cases of the term, leaving controversial legal questions unanswered and underscoring the stakes of the political fight over the late Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement.
The U.S. Court of International Trade has struck down a U.S. International Trade Commission injury decision that blocked tariffs on imports of Chinese wood after finding that the commission cut certain corners in its analysis, according to an opinion unsealed Friday.
TransCanada is asking the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes to arbitrate its $15 billion North American Free Trade Agreement demand against the U.S. government over the State Department’s cross-border permit denial for the Keystone XL pipeline.
As the fallout from the U.K.’s historic vote to leave the European Union continues, the Scottish government and other pro-Europe die-hards have been searching for legal leverage to reverse the referendum’s outcome.
The Financial Action Task Force, an intergovernmental body formed to establish standards to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, said Friday that it is temporarily suspending countermeasures against Iran as the country looks to implement changes.
World Trade Organization members have continued to squabble over the Ecuadorian government’s continued use of import surcharges on tires, televisions, consumer goods and other products, according to a WTO readout released on Friday.
In the wake of the United Kingdom’s historic vote to abandon the European Union Friday, the Obama administration is evaluating how to proceed with the U.S.-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks while lawmakers back a shift to a London-specific strategy
The U.K.’s decision to pull out of the European Union is likely to eventually result in the creation of new data protection and transfer agreements that, while similar to the EU’s current regime, will contain deviations that could leave companies to grapple with divergent standards and duplicative enforcement, attorneys say.
The United Kingdom's historic vote Friday to leave the European Union creates a major hurdle to long-gestating plans for a single EU patent system and could undermine the program's appeal. At the same time, it puts many trademarks and design rights in the U.K. in limbo. Here's what intellectual property attorneys should know about the Brexit fallout.
The United Kingdom’s shocking vote Thursday to leave the European Union has unleashed panic in capital markets and immeasurable long-term uncertainty that, for the time being, chills any hopes of recovery in Britain's stalled equity-raising environment, experts say.
A U.S. Chamber of Commerce official on Friday asked the European Union’s member states to quickly sign off on the updated version of the so-called Privacy Shield, saying the new framework for trans-Atlantic data transfer is critical for companies on both sides of the pond.
Import duties on plastic shopping bags shipped into the U.S. by a major Malaysian manufacturer over a one-year period could drop sharply if a preliminary analysis published Friday by the U.S. Department of Commerce is finalized.
The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday reported out legislation that would establish a five-year pilot program to help developing countries implement the World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, which aims to cut red tape in customs procedures.
The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday greenlighted import tariffs for steel used to make cars and industrial equipment from China, India, Italy, Korea and Taiwan after finding that the domestic industry is being hurt.
Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.
Although the Senate has shown during the past year and a half of Republican control that it can indeed be an effective, functioning body, after several years of total dysfunction, the fight over Zika funding reveals that dysfunction is never far from the surface, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.
Most of the publicity surrounding the Panama Papers has focused on the important role that shell companies have played in the laundering of the proceeds of criminal activity and in tax evasion. Understanding how shell companies can be used to engage in criminal behavior is critical to protecting an organization. Let’s look at some of the most common schemes, say Glenn Pomerantz and Brian Mich of BDO Consulting.
It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.
Following a political understanding announced last week, the preparation for a final conflict minerals regulation in the European Union now begins. A small number of companies that are public in the United States may find that they come within the scope of the regulation, even though their business activities are not in scope for purposes of the U.S. conflict minerals rule, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.
Many practitioners believed the U.S. International Trade Commission Pilot Program — known as the “100-day proceeding” — could reshape the way parties litigate in the ITC. Yet, three years later, the program has thus far proven anticlimactic. The fanfare has died down. But that may soon change, says Brian Johnson of Sidley Austin LLP.
One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in RJR Nabisco v. European Community, which reversed a Second Circuit decision and held that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act has limited extraterritorial application, rejects all of the prevailing rulings on extraterritoriality and offers some new takes on the court’s prior jurisprudence in that area as well as antitrust law, say attorneys at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.
LeBron James has established his worth by tangible metrics. He cashed in on a free agent bonanza fueled by the NBA’s economic model that supports his regal compensation. But such is not the case when it comes to first-year associate salaries of $180,000 at certain law firms and $2,000 an hour billing rates for certain partners, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.
Appropriations continue to dominate floor activity in both the House and Senate this week, but questions over the future of the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process will shift to the Senate, where Democrats have forced votes on firearms issues following the Orlando nightclub massacre, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.